Former five-star running back Zach Evans leaves TCU, commits to Ole Miss from transfer portal

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OXFORD, Miss. — Within a week of losing two of the most productive running backs in school history, Ole Miss football has brought in a worthy replacement.

Former TCU running back Zach Evans committed to Ole Miss out of the transfer portal on Thursday morning. Out of high school, Evans was a 5-star recruit who ranked as the No. 16 prospect and No. 2 running back in the nation per the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2020.

In two seasons at TCU, Evans rushed 146 times for 1,063 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. Injuries limited Evans in 2021 but he was experiencing a breakout sophomore year where he ran for 648 yards and five touchdowns in just six games.

Evans visited and considered Ole Miss in his bizarre initial recruitment cycle, which included signing with Georgia and being released from his Letter of Intent less than a month later. He played two seasons at TCU under coach Gary Patterson, who was replaced this offseason by new TCU coach Sonny Dykes.

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Ole Miss desperately needed help at running back. Juniors Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner both declared for the NFL Draft this week, leaving the Rebels without two players who combined for 3,845 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons.

Evans will join rising juniors Henry Parrish and Kentrel Bullock and freshman Quinshon Judkins in the Rebels' backfield.

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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Zach Evans: RB leaves TCU, commits to Ole Miss from transfer portal